Conservation and Sustainable Management of Below-Ground Biodiversity ( CSM-BGBD)

Published on 30 September 2010

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Start Date: 5 January 2006 | End Date: 30 April 2010

Overview

The objective of the project was to enhance awareness, knowledge and understanding of below-ground biological diversity (BGBD) importance to the sustainable agricultural production in tropical landscapes by the demonstration of methods for conservation and sustainable management. The project explored the hypothesis that, by appropriate management of above- and below-ground biota, optimal conservation of biodiversity for national and global benefits can be achieved in mosaics of land-uses at differing intensities of management and furthermore results in simultaneous gains in sustainable agricultural production. The findings of this project are likely to have important implications for food security and farmers livelihoods and incomes. One of which is that the amount of fertilizer needed to boost yields is far less than using inorganic fertilizer on its own. Other important findings are that some of the micro-organisms assist in fighting crop diseases which in turn can reduce the need for pesticides. For farmers switching to organic agriculture—whose produce commands higher premiums on world markets—this could prove especially valuable.

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One Response to “Conservation and Sustainable Management of Below-Ground Biodiversity ( CSM-BGBD)”

  1. Jaya Ramtohul says:

    Which Micro-organisms are used to assist in fighting crop diseases.Please give some examples?

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